This month we had the pleasure of speaking to actress and singer Megan B. Megan is our Student Spotlight because she inspires us with her positive attitude and great work ethic. Despite previously lacking confidence in her voice, she’s made enough strides to land her first solo at South County Performing Arts! As an actress, Megan has learned the power of acting a song the same way she would a scene or monologue. We can’t wait to see how her career progresses.
MM: How did you get started with singing? How old were you, and what made you start wanting to be a singer? I hear you’re an actor, too – did that come first, or second?
MB: When I was 10 yrs old I started doing Musical Theater at our local Toy Store called Toy Town. I noticed as I started auditioning for parts that many of the kids had strong singing voices, so it became apparent that I needed to work on my singing. My mom found Molly’s Music and I started working with Anne LaBella. Now I not only sing better, but I also know what “Real” singing is.
MM: What are your goals/dreams with singing and acting?
MB: My goal is to have an acting career in TV/film. Singing is one tool that will help me to progress in my desired profession.
MM: Do you share your musical skills with family, friends, or your community? How?
MB: Yes. South County Performing Arts (my musical theater group) performs 2 shows per year and does several summer camps. Every show my friends and family come to see me sing. Recently, I got my first ever solo and performed “Tele” from Matilda.
MM: Do you have any practice tips that have helped you over the years?
MB: I would say that you definitely need to listen to your teachers and practice every day. It’s always worth it! Only hard work and practice leads to true success. Innate talent will only take you so far.
MM: Who are a few bands/artists/musicals that have inspired you, and why?
MB: Susan Egan, Belle on Broadway for 10 yrs, made me starstruck when I met her this past summer at a camp I did with her. She is my biggest inspiration because I noticed how hard she worked to get where she was. I valued that so much.
MM: Can you share about a technique, skill, or song you struggled with, and how you are overcoming or have overcome it? Story time!
MB: I’m still overcoming this, but whenever I had an audition where I had to sing, I froze and forgot all the words! It happened at my audition for Aladdin. I didn’t believe I had the best singing voice and as I did not feel this was my strength it made me so nervous. My teachers have taught me to take a different approach and look at singing a song as no different than acting out a story. Thus now when I audition I rely on the techniques my teachers have taught me and I simply focus on acting, which is what I really love to do. It’s helped me a bunch and was what got me my recent singing solo of Tele.
MM: What advice would you give to other students just starting out?
MB: New students need to set goals and practice to achieve those goals. They should be taking care of their voices by warming up before they sing and doing daily vocal exercises. I’ve learned that not only do singers do this but actors/actresses as well.